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High-Intensity Physical Training in the Treatment of Chronic Diseases and Disorders

Call for Papers

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases, are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for two-thirds of all deaths. Chronic diseases can also have major physical and psychosocial consequences. Musculoskeletal disorders, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, neck pain, and low back pain, are associated with disability, loss of productivity at work, and sick leave. Neurological disorders can affect both physical and mental function and lead to major disability and suffering. Regular physical training has the ability to prevent or even reverse some of the symptoms of chronic diseases and disorders. In recent years, high-intensity physical training, such as high-intensity cardiovascular training or strength training, has become increasingly popular in rehabilitation of many chronic diseases and disorders. However, the efficacy and safety of such high-intensity physical training in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and disorders still need to be explored. We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that investigate the role of high-intensity physical training in the treatment of chronic diseases and disorders in the general population, that is, in all age-groups and both genders. Potential topics on the role of high-intensity physical training in the treatment of chronic diseases and disorders include, but are not limited to:

  • The major chronic diseases (diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease)
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, neck pain, and low back pain)
  • Neurological conditions (e.g., Parkinson’s disease and ADHD)
  • Critical illness (postintensive care unit discharge)
  • Postsurgical physical training (e.g., after hip or knee replacement, or ACL repair)
  • Psychosocial aspects (e.g., effect of exercise on quality of life, mood, and social inclusion)
  • Muscular and neural adaptation mechanisms
  • Validation of exercise selection for rehabilitation (e.g., comparing intensity of different exercises with electromyography)
  • Factors influencing training adherence
  • Effectiveness for improved physical and cognitive function and reduced disability
  • Safety and tolerance of physical training for patients
  • Cost of interventions (cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness)
  • Importance of nutrients (e.g., protein supplementation)

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/rehabilitation/hpt/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 22 November 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 14 February 2014
Publication DateFriday, 11 April 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Lars L. Andersen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark

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